Traumatic brain injury (TBI) presents with a multitude of different symptoms. Minor concussions usually result in a full recovery, but more significant TBI can have symptoms that linger for weeks, months, or even the rest of your life. Traumatic brain injury occurs when there is a jolt or blow to the head. This frequently happens during a motorcycle accident when the helmet strikes pavement or another surface. The long-term effects of traumatic brain injury can be devastating and life-altering.
Anyone exhibiting signs of traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident or other vehicular accident should seek immediate medical attention. Signs of traumatic brain injury include headache, confusion, a lapse of consciousness, nausea or vomiting, distorted awareness and sensations, and dizziness. Even mild traumatic brain injury requires medical treatment.
Many concussions resolve completely with complete rest. This can mean days or even weeks sleeping more, turning off the television, and taking some time off of work. Most people will not be able to return to work until they have completely recovered from their traumatic brain injury. This can mean going for an extended period of time without pay.
Studies Link TBI to Degenerative Diseases
Recent studies have shown links between traumatic brain injury and the development of neurological diseases. Brain injury has been linked with an increased risk of suicidal ideation and suicidal behaviors. Indeed, the risk of suicide after a concussion increases. In addition, moderate to severe traumatic brain injury can increase one’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s later in life. It also increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Brain injuries have been definitely linked to degenerative brain diseases. This is one of the important reasons that any brain trauma should be taken seriously.
Approximately 80,000 people experience long-term disability related to a traumatic brain injury each year. For these individuals, the trauma that has occurred leads to lingering symptoms that are not easily or quickly resolved. These long-term effects, like seizures, headaches, impaired consciousness, dizziness, balance difficulties, and other physical symptoms can be devastating to both the injured person and their family.
Moderate or severe traumatic brain injury can lead to emotional instability. Frequent mood changes often occur and can last for months, years, or even permanently after the injury. Some note that the victim of a severe brain injury is quick to anger and has difficulty controlling their temper. This can lead to a difficulty maintaining personal relationships. Depression and anxiety frequently occur after a moderate traumatic brain injury.
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Compensation for Traumatic Brain Injury after a Motorcycle Accident
If you or a family member have suffered a traumatic brain injury due to a motorcycle accident, you deserve quality representation. At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we will fight for your rights. We will go up against the insurance company, working hard to get you compensation for your brain injury that is fair and just. Even if you only suffered mild traumatic brain injuries, we understand that the pain and trauma associated with these injuries can be terribly upsetting.
Compensation for traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident can vary based on the severity of the injury, amount of insurance coverage, and the details of the crash. Many insurance companies make quick compensation offers, hoping you will accept less money than you deserve. But, unlike with a broken bone that has a very typical recovery time, no one can predict just how you will recover from your traumatic brain injury.
Most doctors will tell you that no two brain injuries are exactly the same. Recovery from mild traumatic brain injuries is generally complete in a few weeks, but in some cases effects will linger for months or even longer. No one can predict which cases will show these complications. With moderate or severe TBI, some individuals will show more complete recovery while others will never be able to regain normal functions and abilities.
Why Are the Long-Term Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury So Complex?
Brain tissue is incredibly susceptible to injury. The brain is encased within the skull and has very little room to swell. When a brain injury occurs, the brain swells and this increases pressure within the skull. The pressure further injures the brain tissue. Treat traumatic brain injury immediately by visiting a medical professional.
The brain is a fragile structure. Other parts of the body can regenerate new tissue and blood vessels after injury. The brain, however, cannot. Dead brain tissue, instead, is absorbed by the body and a cavity is left that cannot be refilled. That does not mean that you cannot experience a recovery after a brain injury, however. When damage to the brain occurs, sometimes other areas of the brain are able to take up the slack. Even in moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, lost skills and abilities can be recovered with time.
Recovering lost skills and functions takes time. Physical therapy and occupational therapy can help but require time and are expensive. These therapies help an injured biker regain lost functioning caused by brain injury. Such therapies can take months and, in some cases, go on indefinitely. They are costly and may require time away from work. When we seek compensation for your motorcycle accident injuries, we keep in mind future medical costs, like physical therapy, that you might experience.
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What Can You Do for TBI After a Motorcycle Accident?
The long-term effects of traumatic brain injury can be disabling. Some people who experience moderate to severe brain injury will not be able to return to work. Those that can return to work may need to take on different duties if they are now unable to perform their job effectively. The lingering headaches, confusion, and mood instability can cause problems at work and at home.
Truly, it can be an uphill climb to recover from traumatic brain injury after a motorcycle accident. At the Law Firm of Kass & Moses, we understand your needs. For the past three decades we have represented bikers with traumatic brain injuries. We fight to get you compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other losses. Contact us today at 1-800-MOTORCYCLE for a free consultation. Don’t let the long-term effects of traumatic brain injury hold you back!
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